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Dressing for Success – The Basics of Business Casual Clothing

by Jackson B

Business casual refers to less formal business dress codes than usual business attire but still professional, neat and acceptable for an in-office environment. If you’re attending an interview with a potential employer and aren’t sure of the proper business attire, then you should first check with your point of contact: whether or not they can confirm the business casual dress code of the company. If they can’t, then you know for sure that you must change into something more appropriate. For example, if the company’s business casual dress code calls for a dark shirt, then it’s best to wear a dark-colored shirt. If the code doesn’t specify a color, then wear something that will fit the business casual environment.

It can be difficult to know what to wear the first day of a new job, so it’s best to prepare and research yourself ahead of time. Browse the internet, visit the workplace wardrobe guide (a website devoted to clothing for the workplace) or enlist the aid of a professional. Most importantly, pack light and bring along a few basic pieces of business attire–nothing too fancy, just as you would if you were going to a work function in a business suit. If you’re attending an interview or job interview in person, bring along anything you’ve been shopping for–hats, scarves, socks, jeans, jackets, blouses, shoes, briefcases and any other articles of clothing that you might need.

There’s no right or wrong way to dress when in a business casual environment. The important thing is to dress appropriately for the situation. That means you don’t need to choose a garish top or dress in a way that makes you feel like you’re taking the stand in an important fashion debate. In fact, one of the keys to dressing smartly and avoiding looking like a complete idiot is to always wear your essential business attire (robe, suit, jacket, shoes, etc. ).

Most businesses, whether they are run by men or women, have dress codes. These rules may vary from department to department, but they usually include the following: long pants and shirts, slacks, dark-colored shirts, dress shoes and a jacket. Sometimes these codes are referred to as “code of conduct,” but they really mean nothing; there is really no official uniform in the business casual world. Instead, what you will see is a general coherence of appearance that can be broken down into various categories. These categories are described below.

In most workplaces, business casual is often associated with lunch and/or dinner events, and with the casual Fridays that follow. It’s important to remember that the term “casual fridays” doesn’t mean any one thing. You can dress in a way that is appropriate for a lunch or dinner event (even if you never take them seriously, because who does? ), or you can break the code and wear a suit with a tie, which is appropriate for the workplace and can be seen as “professional.” But business attire for formal occasions is generally business casual, in terms of what you wear to work.

What makes a “full suit” casual for one person might not be appropriate for another. For example, while a white or cream suit might be acceptable for men at a job interview, it might be a bad idea to wear a white or cream suit to a wedding or other formal occasion where a jacket is appropriate. Remember that what is appropriate for work should not be appropriate to casual events. The same can be said for casual events, such as a dinner party with family. If you want to wear a suit, make sure you are comfortable in it, or choose a style of suit that will project a professional image.

As far as clothing goes, the basic elements include: a shirt, a tie, dress shoes, and a pair of sandals. It is important to follow the dress code for women as closely as you possibly can, especially when attending or presenting yourself in front of others. In particular, women should always dress for success and formality, so long-sleeved shirts, sensible neckties, and good slacks are always welcome. Additionally, it never hurts to have a nice little black purse or wallet to keep your business supplies and cards safe.

When dressing for job interviews, remember that appearance is always an important part of making a good first impression. Keep your business casual dress uniform simple and you will be much more likely to get ahead in your interview. Moreover, make sure that you always put your hair up, even if you do not normally wear it down. If you dress properly for work, you will also be more pleasant than those who don’t. By following the basics of dressing for success in business, you will be a step closer to achieving your dream career.


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